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Grateful Dead Live at Club Melk Weg on 1981-10-16


Topics Live concert


On The Road Again, Dire Wolf, Monkey & The Engineer, Bird Song, Cassidy, Ain't No Lie, The Race is On, Ripple Playin' In The Band-> Hully Gully-> The Wheel-> Samson & Delilah-> Gloria-> Turn On Your Love Light-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Playin' In The Band-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date October 16, 1981
Venue Club Melk Weg
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD:MCASS> CASS> DAT> CDR, with aud patches: FOB:MCASS> CASS> DAT> CDR


Notes

SBD:MCASS> CASS> DAT> CDR, with aud patches: FOB:MCASS> CASS> DAT> CDR; EAC> SHN by Dan Vinson; patched in Playin' and Sugar Mag- see info file for notes

Reviews

Reviewer: )€-\) H€-\) - - August 29, 2009
Subject: Hell of a Show for..
A canceled date in South France and a makeshift reschedule in The "Milky Way" club in Amsterdam. That city brings out the best in everyone... On borrowed instruments, you can tell that acoustic is too bright for Jerry's taste to be his, and what a LOVELIGHT rebirth. Bob Has some big shoes to fill there, but I'm sure Europe brings back memories of Pig for the guys. It shows how great these guys are as a musical group to pull something together and pass with flying colors. Tape has some issues, but super fun listen!!!!
Reviewer: Dylan M - - February 10, 2009
Subject: First Weir Lovelight?
Not sure, but is this the first Turn on Your Lovelight since the Pigpen heydays? I can't find another in between. No one seemed to notice this. hmmmmm.....
Reviewer: cb18201 - - January 16, 2009
Subject: this show is...
pretty good and fun to listen to because its kind of a rare occurence in 81, and here are some pics and an article i found about it, there both bob minkins sites, the guy who did some art for the dead on dicks picks.

http://flickr.com/photos/bobminkinphotography/sets/72157604680605433/

http://www.minkindesign.com/photo/gd/Melkweg_Review.doc
Reviewer: tballz - - December 10, 2007
Subject: Good one
Some people have commented that the sound wasn't that good and have marked it down on that accord. The sound is perfectly fine, there is some slight tape noise, but compared to many other shows that I have gotten from here there is no problem. You can hear every instrument and voice perfectly fine.

What we got here is a high energy show with an accoustic set. Not the best version of any of the songs that was ever played, but you can say that about well over 2,000 other shows as well. Great set list with a number of songs that you don't hear them doing every day.

I would rate this 9 out of ten, I'll round it up since the average rating here is 4 out of 5.
Reviewer: UticaClub - - November 17, 2007
Subject: Lovelight
Lovelight
Reviewer: Chorcha Chillys Willys - - October 16, 2007
Subject: DH en castizo clásico
Sé de Grateful Dead desde 1965. Nunca les escuché tocar en vivo. Todo en grabación, todo en documentos. Y gracias a la información de Internet Archive recupero esa vivencia. Justo con la posibilidad de escuchar conciertos como éste y leer los comentarios. Gracias por eso.

Y ya es tiempo de considerar que algo tan importante y grande como esto de Grateful Dead también implica el ingreso de otras lenguas en este espacio. Como el castellano que yo empleo para darme a entender mejor.

Thanks for the atention.
Reviewer: davdna - - October 30, 2006
Subject: Fantastic Upgrade!
I have an old tape of this show. I recall it was recorded very speedy, or very slow. distorted nonetheless.

Thank you for posting!

The whole thing reminds me of a soundcheck. Unlike a soundcheck, there is no stopping to shout out chords C minor,D, C minor, E ! then picking up where you left off. Its a performance!

The fact that they were playing with borrowed equipment seems to make it more challenging for the boys, and thus they sound like they are having good 'ol fashoned Grateful Dead fun.

The intimate setting comes through quite clear. Imagin the Grateful Dead playing in your local club in the 1980s! WOW!

Five-Five Stars!
Reviewer: ndawg - - April 7, 2006
Subject: Borrowed instruments
if y'all didn't already know, they're playin' borrowed instruments.
Reviewer: methylman - - February 3, 2006
Subject: Loose, fun show
Could that second set be any more fun? One good dance tune after another. It lost its fifth star due to the patchy sound.
Reviewer: Dosolutions - - January 5, 2006
Subject: Sound Quality
I have a tape of this show and the sound quality from your VBR.MP3 is poor by comparison. While I cannot claim direct lineage, I know that I made two copies (good show) from what was close to the master tape. The tapes I have are bright. Using a Nak 680ZX to record. I have scant notes other than there were about 500 people at the Milky Way Hash Bar show that night, and yes there are aud patches.
Reviewer: spacecowboy - - December 19, 2005
Subject: Spontaneity is the key
Garcia and the band seemed fully engaged in making fun,interesting music during this show. I am a huge fan of 1981 shows but there are times during the European runs when they sound bored because the touring and song selection became too standardized. This band made its name by taking big risks and this show is evidence that taking risks can bring BIG rewards.
Reviewer: johnknee - - October 25, 2005
Subject: Melk Weg
This sounds excellent. Download it for a listen. I had this tape for years and I am completely thrilled to hear this again. As with all of these shows, judge for yourself. If there is some other source that sounds better I would love to hear it. In any event, I am good with this.
Reviewer: dead72 - - October 16, 2005
Subject: The Bob B-Day Show: Melk Weg '81
A famous fun show, certainly not highest on the list for pure musical chops, but just one of "those" nights. Borrowed instruments, an acoustic set, Bob's birthday, last Ripple until '88, only Hully Gully, 1st Gloria since '65, and a club show. A fun little window in time for what surely must have been a great little night in the Netherlands. 3 1/2 stars for performance, but 4 stars for sheer enthusiasm.
Reviewer: swinnies - - August 27, 2005
Subject: Overrated?
Playin' In The Band-> Hully Gully-> The Wheel-> Samson & Delilah-> Gloria-> Turn On Your Love Light-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Playin' In The Band-> Black Peter-> Sugar Magnolia

Whoever says this is overrated needs a second listen. The band had a great time and this was such a loose show. the chill vibe translated to a diverse second set with some cool ass material in there.....IMO this is a cool show...
Reviewer: Mr. Charlie - Lambertville - - August 21, 2005
Subject: Cuh Mon!
Sorry. Had ythis one yers ago and didn't get it then. Novelty factor is high....quality is so so along with playing. Will say that I would have loved to have been there. Sorry I wasn't. There are much better downloads out there.
Reviewer: MindBender65 - - June 23, 2005
Subject: OVER RATED
Come on people.
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - - June 3, 2005
Subject: burnin one right now
a copy of this download that is.....this is great...Ilove these accoustic tunes.....great for listening on my way to the camp...on my way to the store...gettin a hair cut...cuttin grass..showering(u know...in the spring) and just about during everyother function of life. give it a try you will love it.
Reviewer: Catfishlure - - April 25, 2005
Subject: Have you sheen em?
Who? Bobby someone keeps telling me he's at the park and I show up and he ain't there this is wasting my tavern time.
Reviewer: DeadDave - - January 31, 2005
Subject: The Engineer monkeying
Unfortunately the mix is up and down but it is a riot to hear Bobby at the beginning obviously feeling good.

Great performance
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - January 18, 2005
Subject: What a great walk down memory lane
I got a great copy of this in the fall of '82 from some guys I knew at Lafayette College and relished this for a long time. On listening to this again cannot believe how hot this is and sadly this was the last time they played the Radio City and Warfield material acoustically. Oh babe it aint no lie, on the road again, bird song, all great. The second set was great for alot of reasons that was the one and only (Iam aware of) hully gully, first lovelight in close to 10 years and the whole back end of this just rips.... Top 10 for novelty alone... When was the last time you heard a show like this while you ordered a few grams of black afghan hash to smoke at your table?
Reviewer: BillDP - - July 3, 2004
Subject: A Great, Fun Show!
You probably all know the history behind this show and the one the night before so all I can say is that I wish I was there!
Reviewer: jeffsetz - - May 3, 2004
Subject: best of '81
This show surpasses most of the '81 shows. Both the acoustic and electric sets are top notch. It's nice to finally have a soundboard source, even though the well-circulated audience recording is very nice sounding. This is in my Dead top 10 shows of all time.
Reviewer: candymanan - - April 28, 2004
Subject: Awesome show
Definately check out this classic. One of my first tapes ever, this show is just great. Good sound quality, amazing setlist and the band just seems to be feeling good (Bob Weir's 34th B-Day). The Lovelight and Gloria hadn't been pulled out in a super long time and this is the only "Hully Gully". Probably my favorite show of '81.
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